Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sounds of Murder

Patricia Rockwell

When Psychology Professor Pamela Barnes discovers her department's star researcher strangled to death in the computer lab, she's determined to find out who did it. Will an accidental recording of the murder allow Pamela to use her expertise in acoustics to identify the killer? A unique cozy mystery--set in the world of academia and high-stakes research--full of excitement, humor, and romance.

My Take:

I have to say first off, that I am quite picky about my cozy mysteries.  I believe there to be a verrrrry fine line between cozy and boring.  I think Sounds of Murder found itself teetering for a minute or two, but ultimately came out pretty dang good.  I enjoyed the novel approach to a murder mystery, which was that so many things were based on sound in general.  The reader learns a lot about sound and acoustics, a bit too technical in parts for my taste, but that is just me.  The pacing and the dialogue I found to be lacking, but what I did find to be very well done in this story were the characters.  The protagonist was really a woman you could get behind.  She was intelligent (but not pretentiously so), funny, likable and most importantly, she had common sense.  This book was a little tough to get into, but once it gets going it is pretty good, and the killer was a big surprise.  If you enjoy cozy mysteries, I'd go ahead and give this book a 3, Find a Used Book Store, if you are more the James Patterson breakneck speed mystery type of reader, go ahead a skip this one.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel!

As with most cozies, this one is pretty darn tame, I would say it is in the PG range

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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1 comment:

Patricia Rockwell said...

Thanks for the review--and also thanks for posting it on "Goodreads"!


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